Can't I just use spelling and grammar checks?
It's a great start! But it's not enough. These checks won't pick up errors between existing words (e.g. now/not), issues of consistency or formatting issues. They also can struggle with subject-specific terminology and make dubious grammar suggestions. Technology has some great tools and I use editing software, but nothing can yet replace a trained eye.
What service do I need?
If your work is structurally sound but you'd like to pick up errors and make sure that the text is complete and suitable for your reader, then you may want a copyediting service. If you'd also like a deeper service that will smooth your language at sentence-level, then you might opt for copyediting and line editing.
If your work is structurally sound and has been thoroughly edited, then proofreading may be the service for you. This is a final check before publication to pick up any lingering errors, or errors introduced during typesetting and formatting.
For more information about these services, check out the Services page. If you're still not sure, then please get in touch and I'll be happy to discuss your needs!
What types of document do you work on?
All sorts! I am happy to work with a wide range of documents of different lengths. Check out the Subjects page for my specialisms. If I'm not the best fit for your particular project, then I'll see if I can recommend you a suitable alternative.
How much do you charge?
As texts vary widely in complexity, I price projects in line with the type of service, the amount of work required and how long it will take. I offer reasonable rates and would be happy to discuss your project with you and provide you with a quote.
I also offer mini-edits at a fixed price for writers on a budget.
What formats do you work in?
In general, I use the following formats:
Proofreading: I work on Word documents using Track Changes, PDF documents using either comment functions or BSI marks, or hard copy documents using BSI marks.
Copyediting: I work using Track Changes in Word.
Writing: I use Word.
This is not exhaustive, though! If you have a different format that you'd prefer to use, please let me know.
What are your qualifications?
I've always loved language! I was correcting teachers' spelling before I hit my teens. (Sorry.)
I've taken industry-standard proofreading and copyediting training courses with the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and work to keep my skills up-to-date.
I also have a bachelor's degree in law, a master's degree in management, a postgraduate diploma in public management (with a focus on public policy) and am a fully qualified chartered accountant.